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Artist of the Week: Al Laudert

"I catch and photograph shrimp participating in activities that most shrimp only dream of."

Presenting our Kindred Artist of the Week series! We are big fans of all the artists we work with and we are so excited to share their stories!

This week’s featured artist is Al Laudert who introduced himself to me as The Shrimp Whisperer and has not lost my attention since! His photographs capture shrimp in all their hidden glory, with playfulness and precision. We're here for it! 

Who are you?

Al Laudert, aka "ShrimpWhispererAK"

What do you do?

I catch and photograph shrimp participating in activities that most shrimp only dream of

Who/what inspires you?

The person who probably had the most influence on me as my art evolved to whimsical shrimp photography was Southeast artist Ray Troll. What really inspires me is showing people who have only seen shrimp battered or butterflied how cool they are!

What’s your favorite moment in the process?

My favorite moment in the process is the constant search for shrimp-scale props for the next photo shoot. But nothing tickles me more than the reactions I get from folks viewing my art for the first time...

What’s a trick of your trade, or a piece of advice for other artists in your medium?

Photography can be so interesting, and there is no substitute for good equipment. I have to plan my shots in advance, with my camera and props in hand because I only have about two hours before my models start to get tired... My advice is to be creative and believe in yourself!

What’s next?

I am driven to keep raising the creative bar with the photos I plan for the coming year! Next year I plan to add some new products. When Ray Troll is wearing a ShrimpWhispererAK tee shirt, I will feel I have succeeded!

See more of Al's work here!

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